Category Archives: T-Mobile

Galaxy S5 available to the public April 11

galaxy s5Sprint and T-mobile announced this morning that their newest Galaxy device will be available to purchase on April 11. Unfortunately, there has been nothing said about the price of the phone or even the availability but both carriers promised to give more information in the upcoming weeks (along with AT&T who also announced they will be offering the device).

Samsung VP of European Telecom Operations Jean-Daniel Ayme said that the Galaxy S5 along with other new Galaxy devices will all be available in about 150 countries.

Samsung unveiled the phone Monday at the Mobile World Congress. The review of the phone can be seen here.

Are any of you planning on picking one up? Tell us what you think below!

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2011 Top 10 Downloaded Apps

To many, this was the year of Angry Birds.  But to others, other apps were on their minds.  Here is a quick list of the top 10 downloaded apps for mobile phones and tablets. Don’t forget to vote in the poll at the bottom!

1. Angry Birds

2. Facebook

3. Skype

4. Angry Birds Rio

5. Google Maps

6. iBooks

7. Angry Birds Seasons

8. Fruit Ninja

9. Talking Tom

10. Twitter

New Gaming Rating System For Mobile Industry

Mobile telecom trade group CTIA and the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) will roll out a rating system for mobile applications similar to ratings on other electronic games, the groups announced Tuesday.

From what CTIA said, six storefronts in total will be supporting the rating system.  These include AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless.

Each company will make its own announcement on when the rating system will be available to customers.

When game developers submit an application to the storefront, will be required to fill out a detailed multiple choice questionnaaire which is designed to assess how appropriate the application is.  The questionnaire will look for violence, sexual content, language and references to controlled substances, as well as whether the app exchanges user-generated content with others and whether it shares the user’s location.

The new rating system received positive reviews from Senators Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican, and Mark Pryor, an Arkansas Democrat, as well as the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI).

T-Mobile Introduces Two New Smartphones

Earlier today at the GigaOM Mobilize conference, T-Mobile announced the forthcoming of two new smartphones running on the 4G network.

Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer for the company, revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze 4G soon will be available on T-Mobile’s 4G network, which is based on HPSA+ 42 technology. He said users of the two smartphones could expect download speeds of 8 Mbps on average and 20 Mbps peak.

Both smartphones are scheduled to be available on October 12. A week ago, AT&T said it would offer the Samsung Galaxy S II on its network on October 2.

Along with these two smartphones, Brodman also introduced T-Mobile’s new 4G Mobile Hotspot which allows up to five devices to connect to the internet.

Beast T-Mobile Phone Makes It Way Behind a Lens

A string of pictures of T-Mobile’s upcoming beast of a smartphone, the HTC Amaze 4G (also known as the HTC Ruby), by the Thai Android site, DroidSans.

Not too much is known about the phone but what we do know, makes the phone a beast.  The phone will run off of a whopping 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor and a large 1GB of RAM.  Other features on the phone include a 4.3 inch HD display, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera.

The pictures look impressive along with the specs but T-Mobile has yet to actually announce this phone as part of their “lineup” so it looks like we’ll have to wait and see what the final product looks like.

                                                                  

iPhone Hacker Hired at Apple

Recent news says that Apple has hired yet another well known member from the iPhone jailbreaking community.  The new employee, Nicholas Allegra, is better known for his easy to use jailbreaking website, JailBreakMe which made the process of jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod as easy as 1 2 3.

Allegra was one of the more “well known” members of the jailbreaking community often finding new security vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS software making hacking your iPod, iPhone, and iPad a lot easier.

Normally, Apple strongly discourages jailbreaking because of it making and downloading pirating applications easy for anyone which of course cuts down Apple’ s profits.

Recently, Apple seems to be taking more of an interest in the hacking community as this is not the first jailbreak community member that Apple has hired.  This past June, Apple hired Peter Hajas, the creator of a popular jailbreak app known as Mobile Notifier.

Anyways, it will be interesting to see what changes this band of “hacker” employees brings to the Apple community.

Leaked Verizon Documents

This morning, IGN posted a picture of what claims to be a planning document from Verizon Wireless.  Many release dates are listed in the document for upcoming smartphones as well as hints for a new Galaxy Tablet.

Here are some of the phones and launch dates according to IGN

  • Droid Bionic – September 8th
  • LG Revolution 2 – October 20th
  • HTC Vigor – September 29th
  • Samsung Galaxy S ll – September 8th
  • Xoom 4G upgrade – September 8th

So as you can see, Verizon has a lot going for them in these upcoming months (if the document leaked is legitimate).  So if you are a Verizon Wireless customer and are looking for a new smartphone, wait for a couple months for these.

For quick reviews on all of these upcoming phones check out this article from pcworld.com

Get a Free Android Smartphone

Looking for a new for or to upgrade to a smartphone but don’t have the money?  Your problems may be solved.

For today (August 3rd) only, BestBuy stores will be offering customers Google’s Nexus S smartphone for free. Only catch is that the customer has to sign up for a two-year contract with AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint in order for the phone to be activated on the spot at BestBuy.

The Nexus S is designed with a 4 inch touch screen display, and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a 5 megapixel camera.  It also runs off of Android’s operating system which is Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread.  For a better review of Google’s Nexus S, check out my review on it here.

 

AT&T Throttling on Data Plans

If you are a AT&T customer, starting on October 1st beware of how much data you are using up.  AT&T announced today that they will be throttling data for the users in the top 5% of data usage.  This whole “data throttling” idea will only be affecting those with an unlimited data plan so those of you who are not on this, then you have nothing to worry about.

Although this may seem bad to some people, there should not be that large of a worry.  In order to get in that “special” top 5% of users, you would have to use an insanely large amount of data.  According to AT&T, those who are in the top 5% on average use 12 times more data than the average user uses. This would take mass amounts of online gaming, video streaming, or sending large files of data such as HD movies.

If this does in fact worry you, AT&T stated that they would “warn” these users if they are coming close to their data cap and if you end up reaching that top 5%, your internet speed will go back to normal at the beginning of the next billing period.

This is only the first of the domino effect as Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile have also announced that in the upcoming months, they will also be putting data caps on their customer’s plans.

AT&T Supplying Android Update

If you are the owner of a smartphone from AT&T, then you most likely have good news coming your way.  Earlier today, AT&T confirmed that after the launch of the HTC Status, they will be launching the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for all of the smartphones on the network.

Some of these phones include:

  • HTC Inspire
  • LG Phoenix
  • Motorola ATRIX
  • Pantech Crossover
  • Samsung Captivate
  • Samsung Infuse

Side note that some AT&T users may have to connect to Wi-Fi or to their computers in order to download/install the new update.